Town’s only nightspot goes up for sale as a busi­ness

The Sentinel - - NEWS - Matt Jack­son matthew.jack­[email protected]­plc.com

A POP­U­LAR town cen­tre night­club has been put up for sale.

Raphaels Night­club has been bang­ing out tunes on Con­gle­ton’s High Street since 1992, and is now on the mar­ket due to the cur­rent owner’s ‘busi­ness and fam­ily com­mit­ments’.

It has room for 300 rev­ellers and em­ploys 11 peo­ple.

A host of pop­u­lar mu­si­cians – in­clud­ing Swedish DJ Basshunter and Liver­pudlian duo Ul­tra­beat – have played at the club.

A de­scrip­tion of the prop­erty from es­tate agent Knights­bridge said: “Over the years, the busi­ness has proven to be very pop­u­lar within the area.

“It sees a high level of loyal and reg­u­lar cus­tomers come through the door on a weekly ba­sis.

“There is huge scope for growth by open­ing through the week and po­ten­tially of­fer­ing com­edy or band nights.

“Our client is of­fer­ing the busi­ness for sale due to other busi­ness and fam­ily com­mit­ments.”

The first-floor club boasts a re­cep­tion, large bar area, DJ booth and toi­lets.

It is es­ti­mated to have an an­nual turnover of £271,000 – re­sult­ing in an £80,000-a-year profit.

But fam­i­lies fear night­clubs could have had their day.

Claire How­ell, aged 35, of Con­gle­ton, said: “I have lived in Con­gle­ton since 2015 and I have been once.

“It was early in the evening, it was quite quiet, the drinks were dirt cheap and I stayed about an hour.

“I do not think there is any in­ter­est in night­clubs any­more. I think peo­ple pre­fer pubs and bars.”

Rachel Hughes, aged 42, of Al­sager, added: “I have been in there once and it was a bit grotty. Night­clubs have had their day.

“It is a bit of a shame as you are lim­ited where you can have a dance and a boo­gie.”

Win­ston Lewis, aged 34, of Con­gle­ton, said: “I am not sur­prised it is be­ing sold.

“I am told it was ab­so­lutely boom­ing at one point, but I sup­pose in those days it was the only place you could get a late drink.

“Most places now serve un­til mid­night or 1am so peo­ple do not have to go to clubs.”

The club cur­rently op­er­ates be­tween 10.30pm and 4am on Fri­day and Satur­day nights.

UP FOR SALE: Raphaels Night­club,and in­set, fire dancers pro­mot­ing the venue.

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